The McDonald's Monopoly game is a sweepstakes advertising promotion of McDonald's and Hasbro, which uses the theme of the latter's board game Monopoly. The promotion has been offered in the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom since 1987. Argentina and Brazil were included in 2013. Since 2003, Best Buy has been involved in the U.S. version, and later in the Canadian version. The promotion has used other names, such as Monopoly Best Chance Game (2003–2005, the beginning of Best Buy's involvement), Monopoly: Pick Your Prize! (2001) and Monopoly/Millionaire Game, a version based on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire TV show.
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